NaNoWriMo 2011 and the Lady who is crazy enough to do it.
That’s plenty of time to finish my outline, right?
It’s not that I’m procrastinating. I just never hit on a viable story until this week. I thought I wanted to write a novel in the fantasy genre, but my best story ideas were set in the current world. I’m not going to argue with my muse. If you ever have and lived to tell about it, I’m all ears.
I was invited to spend two nights at a client’s bed and breakfast this week, during which I planned to work on my outline. The three and a half hour drive up had yielded a pretty good plot and I was feeling confident about working with it on the page. Of course, that time never materialized. Now it’s Friday and my day is full again. I barely have time to get this post out.
I know a fair amount of NaNoWriMo participants don’t put anything down until November 1st. Maybe they’re better at keeping a good outline in their heads. Maybe they don’t like to work with outlines. I do, however, and the ticking clock is starting to instill panic.
It is time to decide what is absolutely essential to this preparation process and what isn’t. I wanted to have a vision board with images I’ve collected from magazines that inspire settings, characters, and costumes. I wanted to have a full character list and descriptions of those characters. I wanted to have an outline that would show me where to write scene by scene. So if I can’t have it all, what is my top pick?
The outline, hands down. Maybe it won’t be quite as detailed as I like, but I need to have at least a big picture map. I can do that by November 1st.
If you are participating in this crazy thing, where are you in the planning process? Even if it’s just in your head, you have a concept at least. Join in the fun in the comments!